Market update - June 2022

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Jun 8, 2022 11:31:12 AM

Cobalt has dropped from $37.25 in May to $33.50

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Topics: cobalt 6B

Article: Reshoring an Alloy

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Jul 9, 2020 9:47:19 AM

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Topics: cobalt 6B, regulations

FDA Statement on HPA Cobalt 6B for use in food processing equipment

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Mar 19, 2020 5:29:33 PM

Found this gem (see FDA letter below) in a pile of paper materials to be shredded. It is important to note that reducing metal contamination to food is an important goal.
Nobody wants steel shavings in their cornflakes!

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Topics: cobalt 6B, stellite 6b

Cobalt Alloy 6B, AKA HS-6B, STELLITE 6B

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Oct 25, 2018 10:54:54 AM

Did you know that we make our own 6B now?

DFARS: Melted in the USA, forged and finished in Tipton Indiana.

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Topics: cobalt 6B, self mated galling and wear resistance, stellite 6b, buying stellite

Download 6B Datasheet

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Nov 13, 2017 5:37:22 PM

AMS 5894

Wear Resistant (Co-Cr-W)

Cobalt 6B is a cobalt based chromium, tungsten alloy for wear environments where seizing, galling and abrasion are present. 6B is resistant to seizing and galling and with its low coefficient of friction, allows sliding contact with other metals without damage by metal pick up in many cases. Seizing and galling can be minimized in applications without lubrication or where lubrication is impractical. Metal seizing is similar to one metal piece building heat against another and they become "welded" together. Galling is when these "weld" areas break off and form an abrasive debris which creates additional abrasion problems.

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Topics: cobalt 6B, ams 5894, CoCrW alloy, stellite 6b

High Performance Alloys featured on NATGEO

Posted by Jeff Kirchner on Aug 22, 2014 9:00:00 AM
High Performance Alloys was chosen to participate in the National Geographic’s television series “Showdown of the Unbeatables.” The Tipton, Ind. based company was more than happy to participate and highlight the strength of their metals.

 According to the National Geographic’s website, Showdown of the Unbeatables has the “very best American companies do battle with their prize products.”   High Performance Alloys faced off against California-based company, Republic Lagun in the  fifth episode of the series. Republic Lagun brought their expertise in machining to the table while High Performance Alloys supplied the super durable alloys.   The alloys High Performance supplied were hardened and aged Cobalt 6B and a nickel-based alloy, Inconel 718. These alloys faced off against the VGC 4428 industrial super drill supplied by Republic Lagun.

The Unbeatables’ film crew spent a day filming various activities at the Tipton based plant. They also conducted several interviews with business owner David Kirchner, and the founder Russ Kirchner.   Interestingly, High Performance Alloys lifted one of the company’s 11,000lb forklifts using chains and their .312 diameter super stainless steel. The steel lifted it with ease.
After shooting in Tipton, the Kirchners were off to California for the faceoff. The show features two hosts, one for each group. The Kirchners met with their host, Zane Lamprey, and set out to put their alloy to the test.   Republic Lagun was given three minutes to drill through the metals. They were able to push through the Inconel 718, but were not able to get through the Cobalt 6B in time. High Performance Alloys was crowned the winner.
High Performance Alloys is proud to show off the strength of their metals against a tough test in Republic Lagun. Beyond that, they were able to showcase the potential of their metals and just how strong they really are.
written by Kaegan Stogsdill
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Topics: High Performance Alloys, NATGEO, zane lamprey, INCONEL 718, cobalt 6B, showdown of the unbeatables

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